COVID-19 Info

Question: What is Coronavirus or COVID-19?

Right now, countries all across the world are responding to a pandemic of respiratory disease spreading from person-to-person caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). This situation poses a serious public health risk. The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners, to respond to this situation. COVID-19 can cause mild to severe illness; most severe illness occurs in older adults.

Question: How Does COVID-19 spread?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. 

 

Question: What is Social-Distancing?

 

The CDC defines social distancing as it applies to COVID-19 as "remaining out of group settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible." Close contact should be restricted to people that live in your household. It's particularly important to maintain that same 6-foot distance from anyone who is demonstrating signs of illness, including coughing, sneezing, or fever. 

 

Question: Why is hand-washing important right now?

 

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds kills viruses that may be on your hands. This is the one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. 

 

Question: What do I do if I feel sick?

 

211 Medical Call Line
The 211 line will answer questions about mild symptoms and if you need to be tested. If you have mild symptoms, call 211 and do not go to your healthcare provider or emergency room. Hospital emergency rooms and 911 should be reserved for patients who are in severe respiratory distress. If you have symptoms before and after the hours of the 211 medical phone line then call your healthcare provider. The 211 medical call line will be staffed with medical professionals Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm.

How Can GYF Help Right Now

Because group gatherings are not permitted right now, Genesis Youth Foundation is not able to provide programming in the same way we normally do. During this time of social distancing, GYF is changing programming to an online format. For more information about GYF Athletics, the Arts, and Academics Online, please visit our
GYF At Home page. Are there other needs that you have during this time? Fill out the Community Needs Questionnaire below to let us know how we can help. 

10 TIPS

10 RESOURCES

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Stay home if you can and avoid gatherings of more than ten people.

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Practice social distancing by keeping a distance of about six feet from others if you must go out in public.

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Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

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Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

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Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

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Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; throw used tissues in the trash. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, not your hands.

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Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, computers, phones, keyboards, sinks, toilets, faucets and countertops.

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If surfaces are dirty, clean them - use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

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Wear a facemask if you are sick. You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.

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211 Medical Call Line

The 211 line will answer questions about mild symptoms and if you need to be tested. If you have mild symptoms, call 211 and do not go to your healthcare provider or emergency room. Hospital emergency rooms and 911 should be reserved for patients who are in severe respiratory distress. If you have symptoms before and after the hours of the 211 medical phone line then call your healthcare provider. The 211 medical call line will be staffed with medical professionals Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm.

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CDC COVID-19 National Summary

The national situation summary from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal public health agency.

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Iowa Department of Public Health COVID-19 Stats and Info

The Iowa Department of Public Health is the state agency responsible for tracking COVID-19 cases in Iowa. This page includes information about reported cases in each county and the number of people being monitored.

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Polk County Public Health COVID-19 Info

Information about the local response to the Coronavirus 

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State Employer and Employee Benefits From Iowa Workforce Development

Governor Reynolds has announced assistance for workers and employers impacted by COVID-19. This page includes information for employees filing for unemployment insurance claims as well as information on programs available for employers.

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Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa

 Des Moines Metro resources for immigrants and refugees as well as information about COVID-19 in multiple languages. 

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US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants DSM 

Informational videos on the USCRI Facebook page in multiple languages including French and Swahili about COVID-19 and health precautions. 

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Free Lunch Sites in the DSM Metro for Youth 

Free lunch sites provided by local school districts and nonprofit partners for youth ages 18 and younger while schools are closed.

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Des Moines Public Schools Online Learning Resources

Free online learning resources broken out by age group and subject matter. 

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EMBARC COVID-19 Crisis Response

Accurate and timely information about the Coronavirus from credible sources such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and County Health Departments in multiple languages, including French and Swahili.

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